Clever meaning

klĕv'ər
The definition of clever is being smart or having the skills to do something well.

An example of clever is a builder who can construct a deck around any tree.

An example of clever is a magazine that speaks intelligently about politics and pop culture.

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Good-natured; amiable.
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Easily managed; docile.
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Quick in thinking or learning; intelligent, ingenious, quick-witted, witty, facile, etc.
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Showing ingenuity or quick, sometimes superficial, intelligence.

A clever book.

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Nimble with hands or body; skillful; adept.
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Resourceful, sometimes to the point of cunning.

Clever like a fox.

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Smart, intelligent, or witty; mentally quick or sharp.
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(anthropology, of an Aboriginal Australian) Possessing magical abilities.
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(US, dated) Good-natured; obliging.
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Skillful in doing something; adroit; dexterous.
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Origin of clever

  • Middle English cliver East Frisian klifer, klüfer gleubh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From East Anglian dialectal English cliver (“expert at seizing”), from Middle English cliver (“tenacious”), perhaps from Old English *clifer, clibbor (“clinging”), or perhaps from East Frisian (compare Saterland Frisian kluftich), or dialectal Norwegian klover (“ready, skillful”); possibly influenced by Old English clifer (“claw, hand”). Related to cleave.
    From Wiktionary